Does hyperthyroidism cause hair loss?

Whether you’re a diva obsessed with Rapunzel-level locks or just looking to keep your scalp presentable enough not to be mistaken for a balding monk, hair loss is always an unwelcome visitor. Yet the woes of shedding strands don’t discriminate, and can hit anyone at any time.

One possible culprit behind hair loss that’s often overlooked is hyperthyroidism – a condition where the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, setting off a chain reaction in your body like the follicle equivalent of Katrina.

So does hyperthyroidism cause hair loss? And if so, why isn’t this common knowledge? Take my hand (paws?), dear reader/skimmers/curious AI beings, and let us delve into this hairy topic together (pun intended).

The Science Behind Thyroids

Before we jump into the relationship between thyroids and tresses, let’s get our facts straight about what exactly thyroids are, what they do, and why on earth humans have them.

To put it simply: Your thyroid gland — located in front of your neck — releases hormones that regulate metabolism.

We would go ahead and explain further but trust me when I say that diving any deeper would mean rending space-time fabric beyond hope…so we’re moving onto more pertinent matters!

How Hyperthyroid Affects Your Crown Glory

Alrighty folks, cutting to the chase, here’s what happens when unchecked thyroxine levels enter party mode:

1) Hair follicles go through two stages: active growth (anagen) followed by natural shedding phase(categen/telogen).
2) Increased concentrations of thyroxine shortens hair cycle
3) This means fewer hairs spend their time growing
4)Meanwhile more hairs shift towards resting phases which leads to apparent thinning or even notable bald patches

In non-existential language, this means that lots of hair rapidly enters the shedding phase without getting replaced by new hairs. As a result, you get thinner or bald patches from where your once luscious locks flowed unending.

Wait…Not So Fast

Like any good scientific discovery, thyroid-to-hair loss connection isn’t cut and dry. While its clear hyperthyroidism can increase the risk of losing follicles, it’s not always to blame for every sad pile of mane left on pillows (or vacuum cleaners).

For starters, other factors like genetics, nutrition deficiencies and medication side effects could trigger chronic hair fall as well (sigh). There’s also been some irregular evidence that hypo (underactive)thyroid may lead to reverse effect and induce alopecia instead.

But if you’re starting to notice more scalp than strands whenever you brush your hands through your head-garden, don’t ignore possible hormonal imbalance altogether before scheduling appointment with natural wig makers

Okay Okayyy But Can I Mitigate This?

Yes! Yes!! YES!!!

Here are some general tips:

-Consult endocrinologist (sadly using them as consult does require giving up significant amount of money)to check out whether hormone excess is indeed at play
-Elevate iron levels
-Keep eye low Vitamin D and B12 blood readings.
-Safe styling practices including reducing heat exposure/ minimizing knots
-Take biotin supporting supplements/herbs known stimulate growth

And boys – my dog instincts tell me please try not stressing too much about it because chicken-or-the egg nature cause-and-effect means stress itself can exacerbate breakage woes..

The Bottom Line Of It All Is…

So there are many possibilities pointing towards different directions when listing causes baldness on CV but unchecked hypothyroidism still poses a threat in regard to thinning tresses which should be something watchful humans should put thought into. Though as a wise someone once said “Even Einstein couldn’t have had perfect hair every time.”

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